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Manuals & Handbooks
Crystal Lake "Walkabout" - Interpretive Manual An Educational Primer
for Students; A Reference Handbook for Property Owners and Visitors. (All are PDF documents, see below for details.)
Lake Life or Death A Lake Owners' Manual (CLWF)
Decker, R. William, Chair, Ad Hoc
Committee, Benzie County Board of Public Works, "Crystal Lake - Life or Death",
Benzie County, Michigan, 1987, 32 pp + 8 figures.
As a prototypical Lake Owners' Manual,
Crystal Lake - Life or Death (CLLD) is a significant book. It resulted from discussions
by local citizens who formed an Ad Hoc Committee to the Benzie County Public Works
Department. This Committee raised concerns about two issues: (1) present and future
water quality problems of the Crystal Lake Watershed, and (2) absence of an equitable
and effective plan for watershed management.
Updates appeared as Crystal Shorelines - the Newsletters of
the CLWF, on our Newsletters
Lake Handbook (CLA)
A publication jointly sponsored
by the Crystal Lake Association and Michigan State University Extension, Betsy Youngblood,
Editor, Beulah, MI, 2002, 64pp.
As part of the Crystal Lake Association's initiative to implement a comprehensive
lake-protection plan, this handbook has been prepared to provide area residents with
practical information on how to manage their properties in a manner to protect the
health and beauty of Crystal Lake. The topics of safety and activity on the water
use are also discussed. This handbook contains specific information for homeowners
on how to protect Crystal Lake through proper lakefront care, lakeside landscaping,
and best practices for septic-system maintenance. Background information, such as
the lake's physical characteristics and the definition of water quality, is presented
to provide context for the material presented. The persuasive evidence is that our
collective efforts and actions will help preserve the exceptional quality of Crystal
Lake for many years to come.
Studies and Reports
Stacy L., and Murphy, Paul C., Biomonitoring of the Cold Creek Watershed - Three
Subwatersheds of the Crystal Lake Watershed, Benzie County, Michigan, Final Report,
Supported by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Volunteer Monitoring
Program, Clean Water Fund, Clean Michigan Initiative, July 15, 2003, 40pp + 100 pp
- Daniels, Stacy L., and Osborn,
Thomas, Crystal Lake: Water Quality Monitoring, Report for 1994 and 1995, July 13,
1996, 80 pp, CLWF, P.O. Box 104, Beulah, MI 49617. (See
report under "Hydrolab Multiprobe Studies" here: Deepwater Monitoring.)
- Fusilier, Wallace E., Crystal
Lake, Crystal Lake, Benzonia, and Lake Townships, Benzie County, Michigan, Water
Quality Study, 1998, sponsored by the Crystal Lake Watershed Fund, 2002, 33
pp. (See Chemical Parameters of Interest.)
- Daniels, Stacy L., and Osborn,
Thomas, Managing and Presenting Lake Monitoring Data Effectively for a Large Inland
Lake in Michigan, roundtable presentation, Fifth National Volunteer Monitoring Conference,
Promoting Watershed Stewardship," Madison, WI, August 6, 1996.
- Daniels, Stacy L., The "Tragedy" and the "Comedy"
of Crystal Lake The Role of Archibald Jones. (PDF
document, 4 pages, 252 kB. See
below for details.)
- Daniels, Stacy L., The "Runaway" and the "Tragedy":
A Tale of Two Lakes, Having Disappeared, Being a Short Discourse on Certain Events
Involving Two Inland Bodies of Water of Separate Geological Extents, but Sharing
Certain Commonalities Leading to Profound Changes Thereby Affecting their Respective
Destinies, presented at
the Bicentennial Celebration of Runaway Pond, Glover, VT, June 10, 2010; and published
in "Runaway Pond: The Complete Story", 3rd Edition, Glover Historical
Society Inc., Glover, VT 05839, pp 96-124. (PDF document, 22 pages, 3.7 mB.
- Daniels, Stacy L., Human Impacts upon Crystal Lake (Benzie
County): Past, Present, and Future.
Presentation for the Crystal Lake & Watershed Association at the 8th MiCorps
Volunteer Monitoring Conference, Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Higgins Lake,
MI, Oct. 29-30, 2012 (PDF document, 24 pages, 2.7 mB. See below for details.)
- Daniels, Stacy L., The "Tragedy"' and the "Comedy"
of Crystal Lake: the Role of Archibald Jones,
an update of th life and times of Archibald Jones and the adventures of his
Benzie Co. River Improvement Co. (published in The Michigan Riparian, Spring
2011; to be presented as part of the Archibald Jones Day celebration, 7 PM, Friday,
August 26, 2011, Darcy Library, Beulah, MI. (PDF document, 72 pages, 8.2 mB.
Century of Environmental Studies of the Crystal Lake Watershed - Daniels, Stacy L. - Poster presentation from the
7/18/09 annual meeting (PDF document, 16 pages, 3.9 mB. See below for details.)
Demise and Resurrection of the American Chestnut Tree in Michigan, presented to the Benzie Conservation District,
March 23, 2009 (PDF document, 25 pages, 10.1 mB. See below for details.)
- The Crystal Lake "Walkabout"
- Education Through Observational Monitoring and Environmental Exploring (PDF document, 1.0 mB. See below for details.)
Full Citation: Daniels, S.L., The
Crystal Lake "Walkabout," Education Through Observational Monitoring
and Environmental Exploring, Paper 10d, Watershed 2004, Water Env. Fed., Dearborn,
MI, 11-14 July 2004.
Stacy L., Crystal
Lake & Watershed Association - A "New" Organization ! - The MICHIGAN RIPARIAN, Vol. 40, No. 1,
pp 5- 6, Feb. 2005. (PDF document, 169 kB. See below for details.)
- Daniels, Stacy
Crystal Lake Watershed - The Value of Having a Lake Association?!", Michigan Lake & Stream Associations,
41st Annual Conference, Boyne Falls, MI, April 23, 2005. (PDF
document, 1.4 mB, see
below for details.)
Crystal Lake "Walkabout", A Project for Lake Associations A Hands-
Brief Explanation of Eutrophication (too many nutrients) in Lakes and Ponds
- A "Hands-on" Experience in Water Quality
Monitoring (PDF document,
77.5 kB, see
below for details.)
The Crystal Lake Watershed and
contiguous watersheds have been the subject of exploratory and scientific investigations
since the early 19th century. Together with two larger riverine watersheds, the Platte
River Watershed to the north and the Betsie River Watershed to the south, and some
coastal watersheds to the west, it comprises a portion of the greater Lake Michigan
Watershed. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also contiguous to the north.
The region of northwestern Lower Michigan containing these watersheds share many
common features in geology, topography, ecology, and climate, as described in the
diverse environmental studies cited in the following summaries.
- Chronology of the Crystal Lake Watershed (Listing
of 262 significant studies, reports, and events) [PDF document, 96 kB. See below for details.]
- Selected Environmental Quality Studies (2004-1984) - A listing of Selected Environmental Quality
Studies conducted by the CLWA and its predecessors. (PDF document, 100 kB. See below for details.)
- Environmental Quality
Studies - Crystal Lake Watershed and Contiguous Watersheds (1820-2005) (PDF document, 169 kB. See below for details.)
The Crystal Lake Watershed has
a long and varied environmental history. Manuscripts describing the unique ecological
niches are often buried in hard-to-obtain books or journals, or in limited editions
of private printings.
This reference section is being established to better acquaint our readers with some
of these rare resources. Selections will be added in the future.
Notes on the Wild Plants of Benzie County, Michigan,
William & Edith Overlease, 2004 [18 page PDF document, 584 kB. See below for details.]
- Stamm, Jim, A Guide to Benzie
County Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks Explore fishing and paddling the wonderful
inland water of this favorite northwestern Michigan area. First edition, CreateSpace Publishing, May 2013,
114 pages. ISBN-10: 1480101826, ISBN-13: 978-1480101821. (Editor's note, Jim is a
local Benzie County lad and consultant for the CLWA Web site.)
- Stamm, Jim, Benzie County Michigan
Trail Guide A guide to trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing
in Benzie County, one of northwestern Michigans favorite counties. 4th edition, CreateSpace Publishing, 2012,
40 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1477501696; ISBN-10: 137750169X. (Editor's
note, Jim is a local Benzie County lad and consultant for the CLWA Web site.)
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